Stress knitting


There’s a lot going on at work at the moment, which I’ll probably talk about another time. Loads to think about and various different things that need to get done, both here and in other countries. So, I have made FULL use of the fact that knitting is a relaxing pastime! It’s nice to have something to focus on that keeps your brain still for a couple of rows at a time.


Over this week I’ve been making the cardigan (from this pattern). This is actually the second version—the first one was a kind of yellow (although I’m not 100% sure if it’s a good yellow) and a bit fluffy, despite being the same brand / size / make as the blue wool in this pic. I knitted the body on 3mm needles and it was a bit big. It looked like a padded life jacket to be honest, so I frogged it and started again.

This was on 2.5mm straights and these *lethal* looking 2.75 dpns. I kind of love these needles for the fact they’re just pointy metal sticks (no frills, no details), but honestly, they could have your eye out.


Its a very cute little cardigan. A little fiddly – I’ve not really knitted anything quite like this before, as the jumpers are constructed in a different way. I do understand why people like knitting top down jumpers now though, being able to try them on is great, even if it’s not you that’s doing the trying!

I’m still not a huge fan of repeated knit stitch, as it never looks as even as I’d like. How do you get a neat edge? This is ok but I’d prefer it if I could get that central edge neater… Anyone have any tips about that? Again I used the teeny tiny buttons, and they are the perfect size. The two dark ones match the buttons on her shoes, and there’s one bright red one in the middle.


She does look very cute with it on. A bit like she’s all ready for her first day at school. The only downside is that I’m still in love with her dress!


9 thoughts on “Stress knitting

  1. Knitting is great for stress, especially if it’s something fiddly that requires a lot of concentration. High concentration = no time to think about anything else. I am impressed with all these tiny things you are knitting! With your skill, you totally could knit something for yourself to wear. It would be much more tedious though, since you have to make a larger garment. Small things are more fun though!

    • You’re totally right about the concentration, it really does help. Ha… imagine how awful it would be if we were stressed all the time but on the other hand what prolific knitters we’d be!
      And gah! now I’m worried you’re right about human clothes. Maybe they *would* be a bit tedious? Hmmm…

  2. She looks very pleased with her cardigan. And she is so incredibly cute. You really do have a knack for making small things.

    • I would love to take all the credit, but the pattern is really good. I honestly didn’t think you could knit 3d shapes as well as you can crochet them but this is very cleverly done. Also it’s knitted flat and stitched, which makes it less of pain. If you’re even slightly tempted, I’d say give it a go!

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